I was wrong about Sea Foam

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by BrunoT, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. BrunoT

    BrunoT LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 741

    I have to admit it, I was dubious about the claims of Sea foam being so special. Well, I tried it on a couple of old neglected machines that had been given to me but I couldn't get running with regular carb cleaner. I simply dumped some sea foam in the inlet, let them rip, and within a couple of pulls both old crummy engines started up.

    I just bought a case on Amazon.
  2. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 6,309

    I put some sea foam in the first 3 tanks of gas in all the equipment at the beginning of the year. That stuff is some real magic liquid

    Messages: 1,343

    We winterized all equipment with marine grade stabilizer and sea foam. Fill them up let them run and knock on wood every spring they are good to go
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  4. ricky86

    ricky86 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,136

    And I've put a carb bowl that was green, in a container with Sea Foam, and it didn't touch it???????
    I want to believe, but so far, I can't.
  5. piston slapper

    piston slapper LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,337

    SNAKE OIL.....

    Seems the only people that CLAIM to get results from this stuff.....
    1)...don't have a clue how a carburetor works...
    2)...don't have a clue as to the problem that this potion actually fixed...if any...
    3)...its true....there's another SUCKER born every day....

    I MOW ALONE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,964

    i agree i have not had one case as to where this stuff has worked for cleaning a gunked up carb.
  7. piston slapper

    piston slapper LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,337

    The hype that sells this stuff is preventative maintenance...
    The idea being...if you use this stuff and nothing happens to your carb...it must be working..
    Probably originally thought up by an insurance salesman...
  8. AlohaMowing

    AlohaMowing LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    Maybe so. All I know is that a generator that had been sitting way too long would not start no matter what I did until after I got a generous dose of Sea Foam into the carburetor bowl and let it sit over night. I had tried cleaning the varnish out of the jet before using it, but could not get it clean enough to run. Sure, there are other solvents I could have used to dissolve the varnish, but Sea Foam worked. I have since used it on other engines that were showing signs of carburetor gum up and found it got them back running fine. It's not a cure-all, but if it is going to work it is quick and easy and not too expensive, so it's worth a try.
  9. Tennesseepowerstroke

    Tennesseepowerstroke LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 366

    Agreed. I had a generator that would not idle unless the choke was on. After 8 hours of run time with Sea Foam, it has never missed a beat in the last 3 years.
  10. piston slapper

    piston slapper LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,337

    I had an old pushmower with a 4 1/2 hp briggs sprint engine on it...
    It always stayed outside kinda pushed under an eqpt trailer...
    In the 7 years I owned it, I never put any additives in it.and it always cranked on the 2nd or 3rd pull..
    I think it even burned the water...as I could always see a little in the bottom of the tank...
    No Snake Oil Or Anything...Just one of those mowers that refused to take a day off...
    I sure miss that mower......Oh Well...

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